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Happy Mothers Day, Love George: The mixed crew
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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Yes, for that film I had a mixed crew. There were some... the basic crew was British, but we had some additional people. Like the clapper boy, I seem to remember, was on loan from the Halifax TV Station, and the grips and electricians also. I had a grip from England, I think so. And I had... But some of the electricians... all the electricians, I think, were from Halifax Television. That all worked out very well. Again, it's a film made with relatively simple means, but possibly a bit more money than some of those really primitive Third World films. But that is one of the few films that I've never managed to catch up with. I've never seen that film finished. I may have seen it, at one point, near the point when it was made, but I've never been able to get it on cassette. It exists as... It had a new title when it was released. It was called Run Stranger Run, and for a while there were video cassettes about of it, but I've never managed to get hold of one. So that's one of my lost films.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: Happy Mother's Day, Love George, Run Stranger Run

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008